Columnist rules out Reese site for Obama library

Sun Times columnist Lynn Sweet is reporting that several of her sources rule out the Michael Reese site in Bronzeville and another site further south as options for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Lakeside, a development just east of South Shore that sits on the former U.S. Steel site, is also nixed by Sweet’s sources. Obama(…)

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

USDA investigating bird deaths at Harold Washington Park pool

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating bird remains strewn about the model yacht basin at the Harold Washington Playlot Park, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Hyde Parker Carol Horton first reported the “disturbing sight” to Hyde Parkers yesterday, via the Good Neighbors Google Group. “I was walking my dog(…)

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

Free School opens its doors at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The new school year brings another school choice for Hyde Park families. Despite a major hiccup in location, The Chicago Free School opened its doors for the first time on Sept. 2. The parents, board members and teachers of the Free School, which is a private school that has(…)

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

Hyde Park Art Center to host 75th anniversary block party

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center will host a block party this weekend to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The free party will take place on the 5000 block of Cornell Avenue, where the Center is located, between noon and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, complete with art workshops, live music(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference annual meeting coming up

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) will host its annual meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ave. At least four board seats will be up for grabs in an election at the public meeting, according to HP-K CC(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival to return with more visiting musicians than ever

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is returning to the neighborhood later this month. The eighth annual festival, slated to take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, will feature performances at 12 venues by 35 acts — including a growing number of musicians from outside Chicago. “We have(…)

Amid a struggle to recruit new members, Hyde Park Kiwanis vote to dissolve

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kiwanis voted last week to disband after almost a century in the neighborhood. Eight of the group’s 18 dues-paying members met last Tuesday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, and voted to dissolve, according to group President Camille Hamilton-Doyle. She says the(…)

Cops warn of robberies on campus

Security Alert September 8, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago Police have issued warnings about armed robberies on campus. Chicago Police said the robbers would approach a victim on foot, display or imply that they had a handgun and demand the victim’s property. In two incidents(…)

Late Hyde Park labor activist Les Orear to be honored next week

The life and work of late Hyde Park resident and labor activist Leslie Orear will be remembered at a public event next week at Roosevelt University. “The Life and Times of Les Orear: A Presentation in Words, Song and Images of 103 Years of Working-Class Struggle and History,” will take place at 5 p.m. on(…)

Lab Schools journalism teacher Wayne Brasler to retire

University of Chicago Lab Schools journalism teacher Wayne Brasler is planning to retire, according to a Wednesday announcement by school director Robin Appleby. “After 51 years at Lab, journalism teacher Wayne Brasler has announced he is planning to retire and return to the professional sector,” Appleby said in a e-mail to the Lab community, adding(…)

Staged reading this Friday at Augustana

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will be hosting their twelfth-ever monthly staged reading this Friday, marking nearly a year since the series began last October. Laura MacGregor, producer of the Players’ First Fridays Staged Reading Series, and University of Chicago undergraduate student Kyllie Nolla will rehearse selections from Pulitzer Prize-winner(…)

53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

53rd Street trolley would be popular, survey suggests

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers really like the idea of a free trolley they can take through the shopping corridor along 53rd Street. A trolley would help, in theory, to alleviate traffic congestion and help move shoppers from one end of the business corridor to the other. It would be funded by the(…)

Hyde Park Art Center asks what it means to be in the middle

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new exhibit, “The Chicago Effect: Redefining the Middle,” opened recently at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., featuring around 20 works by 10 artists exploring the concept of the middle, as its name suggests. “This idea came about on the occasion of this year, which is(…)

U. of C. reveals trauma discussion underway

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)

Local leaders leave Chicago for Wyoming

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group, which played a key role in fighting for the School Reform Act of 1998, which established local school councils, has been a fierce critic of charter(…)

U. of C. in trauma care talks with South Side providers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center president Sharon O’Keefe told a state review board that it is in talks with other area medical providers about the South Side’s trauma care needs. At a Wednesday hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, O’Keefe was asked to comment on(…)

New restaurant poised to open

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Chef Matthias Merges plans to open his second Hyde Park restaurant, Yusho, on Saturday, Sept. 13. The opening of the Japanese-inspired restaurant will come on the heels of a prix fixe four-course tasting of its offerings at Merges’ other Hyde Park restaurant, A10, 1462 E. 53rd St. The menu at(…)

Larry Turpin and Julie Woestehoff leave Chicago

Hyde Park pastor Larry Turpin and education activist Julie Woestehoff have moved to Wyoming. Woestehoff had been executive director of Parents United for Responsible Education since 1995. The group has been a fierce critic of charter schools and standardized testing. Her husband, Turpin, was pastor at the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd(…)

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

St. Thomas gives technology lab facelift

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer St. Thomas the Apostle successfully completed its Race for Education fundraiser. Proceeds and donations from the event contributed to a complete upgrade of the school’s technology lab. The Race for Education is one of the primary fundraisers at St. Thomas, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., which uses money raised through(…)